After Haryana Bt Brinjal find, activists seek pan-India probe -Vishwa Mohan
-The Times of India
NEW DELHI: A day after confirmation of illegal cultivation of genetically modified (GM) brinjal - Bt Brinjal - in a small farm in Fatehabad district of Haryana, a group of farm activists on Saturday wrote to Union environment ministry seeking its direction to government agencies for time-bound investigations beyond Haryana as they suspect that the cultivation of this transgenic variety of food crop may not be limited to a lone farm in single state.
“We demand that the environment ministry now writes to all state governments, asking them to take up time-bound investigations on brinjal cultivation in their respective states and ascertain if illegal Bt Brinjal cultivation is taking place,” said farm activist Kavitha Kuruganti of the Coalition for a GM-free India, expressing the need to unearth entire supply chain of illegal seeds.
It was the Coalition, consists of many farm activists and experts from across the country, that first alerted the ministry on illegal cultivation of Bt Brinjal in Haryana last month. Its findings prompted the state government to get tests done at a central lab of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) which on Friday confirmed cultivation of transgenic variety of brinjal in a farm at Ratia block in Fatehabad district.
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